New York, NY – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it will deny permits for Crossroads Ventures' proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park unless significant and numerous revisions are made, including eliminating plans for the two golf courses. Crossroads Managing Member Dean Gitter says the DEP comments threaten an era of cooperation between New York City and Catskill communities. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
North Adams, MA – On Friday, the founder and principal of Berkshire County's first charter school announced he was stepping down. School officials say he's leaving the new school on solid footing. But the announcement renewed some criticism of the Berkshire Arts and Technology School, which has faced significant opposition. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Arkville, NY – Today ends the public comment period on the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. It is also the last day to submit to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a request to obtain party status; and a newly-formed coalition is requesting such a standing. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Vernon, VT – The search for two pieces of missing, radioactive, spent fuel rods at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant will begin with an underwater remote controlled camera. The disclosure that the plant cannot account for the highly radioactive material has spurred reassurances from plant and nuclear officials and outrage from opponents and state officials. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Lenox, MA – Last night there was an informational meeting in Lenox Massachusetts about wind power. The town is in the very preliminary stages of finding out whether it's feasible to have a wind turbine located there. In Northern Berkshire County, plans for New England's largest wind farm are progressing. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Clinton County Legislators voted last night to authorize their chair to sign a memorandum of Understanding that could lead to one of the largest economic development projects ever in the North Country. If the company, Precision Jet Management, also signs, it will lead to further negotiations for a multi-million dollar development deal that could bring thousands of jobs to NY's North Country. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – This Sunday, women from across the country will descend upon Washington, D.C., for a "March for Women's Lives". Among those attending will be busloads of pro-choice advocates from the mid-Hudson Valley, to stop what they say is an erosion of women's freedom of choice. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Wiliamstown, MA – Today, a group of college students around the country launches a coalition that will pressure colleges and universities to scrutinize their endowment investments. One of the groups' founders is a senior at Williams College, where he's successfully worked for greater disclosure of the college's portfolio. The students hope to raise awareness about the small but growing field of socially responsible investing. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.